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on 9 September 2003
Not only is 'The Battle for Budapest: 100 Days in World War II' very well research, cross-referenced and written but it has also been painstaking translated from the original Hungarian into English.
The book is logically organised into detailing the political and military background; the two battles for Budapest (Pest followed by Buda), the breakout and the aftermath.
Ungvary has meticulous researched Hungarian, German and Soviet archives as well as numerous accounts and interviews with participants from both sides (including civilians) to create a truly definitive account of those terrible days late in WWII.
The campaigns of 1944/45 on the Eastern Front are often overshadowed in western history by D-Day and the following subsequent battles. This book provides a definitive account of a strategic battle on that front which led to the early downfall of Berlin through Hitler's micro management of the battle.
If you have read Antony Beevor's Stalingrad, then I am sure you will find 'The Battle for Budapest' a better constructed and more griping work. My only criticism is that a few more contempary photographs would have been nice...
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